Monthly Archives: February 2011

Lost Words

I am slowly plugging on when I get a chance with a personal project I’m quite excited about. I’ve found a great local pub that has bookcases filled with book-by-the-foot old volumes, and I love to grab one and flip through, enjoy the old-book feel, read a few words. I got  to thinking how, given the small number of books created that become hits and get reprinted, a lot of these words will never be read again. It’s a bit of a wistful thought, especially for someone creating books.

When I get a chance, I head over there, pick a sentence from a random book, and do an illustration inspired by it. It’s without context of course, but I think that gels nicely with these words fading away, things being lost bit by bit. That and it’s a nice project for me, allowing me to experiment a bit while still having a cohesive project.

Here’s a few – I’ve not got the sentences that inspired them to hand, but I hope you’ll enjoy them anyway!

Drawing on things!

Keep me and my markers away from surfaces you don’t want covered in doodles!

Pen and paper

Some traditional media sketches – although I ended up adding some digital colour to two (will add some watercolour and/or gouache to the originals I think).

Titles are Obfuscation 1 and 2, Honey and Thorns, and Tell Me Secrets. I’m particularly happy with the latter. The first two were doodled thinking of the inscrutible gaze so common in illustrations of pretty women, and the latter two of words and speech.

Inspiration of the day:

Jezzeprints’  blog – lovely lovely stuff! (I had to put a Cape Town artist here today because I’m excited that I get to go look around Design Indaba Expo in less than two weeks!)

Post-Valentines appreciation challenge!

(Very) quickie Valentines sketch, from a photo by Depict Photography from our engagement shoot.

So yesterday was Valentines day – perfect day to finish this Marriage Week series on. I know a lot of people dislike Valentines, and I’m not a giant fan of much of its presentation either, but my approach tends to by why miss any occasion to make the people you love feel appreciated.

“Don’t be a sucker, Sally!” I hear you say. “Valentines is just an occasion for companies to plaster some tacky hearts all over things and make some extra money off you!” Valentines sure is commercial. What to do about that? Don’t buy that stuff! But do something nice for your partner. Make them something. Write them a letter. Give them a massage. Whatever! Just something to appreciate them. (This also solves the horribly generic and impersonal nature of most Valentines stuff that shows up in the shops and can appear more like you’re just fulfilling a social obligation rather than thinking of an individual!)

“But Valentines encourages just being nice to your partner once a year!”…who on earth says you should just be nice to your partner on Valentines day? Of course you should be appreciating them and doing nice things for them all year round!

But I think to purposely refuse to do something nice to acknowledge and appreciate your partner on a day you’re encouraged to do so, is kinda cruel.

Anyway, luckily, Valentines is now past, so whether you “do” Valentines or not, you’re safe to go do something nice for someone! In the spirit of appreciation, I’m gonna challenge anyone reading this to send a note of appreciation to someone – partner, friend, parent, whoever – sometime in the week, just to let them know they’re appreciated. Things like Valentines can be good prompts to remind us when we haven’t done so for a while!

Inspiration of the day:

Mike Maihack’s Dalek Valentine <3

Marriage Week fanart and Dr Sketchy’s!

I missed my marriage week post yesterday (gasp!), so today’s is a double-post (well, a triple-post really!)

First is another Ai Yazawa fanart – Junko and Kyosuke from Nana. I realized after drawing this that I’m not sure they’re actually married – I may have just been thinking they were because they’re presented as having such a stable relationship. Definitely one of my favourite manga couples.

Next is not fanart for a change! It is gift art for some friends ^_^

And finally, today was a Dr Sketchy’s day! Comedy-themed, with some awesome performances and modelling. Good stuff.

Marriage Week Fanart – Big Fish

Old Love

I love this movie, which has one of the most romantic scenes I’ve ever seen, and it doesn’t involve young people or new love. The stories we write and record seem obsessed with new love, which is definitely a glittering wonderful thing. But I think old love can be more beautiful. I’m looking forward to it.

(I’m not 100% on the image yet – the colour balance and saturation isn’t quite right. Let me know if you’ve any thoughts on what’s amiss! Or maybe I’ll just play with it a bit more)

Marriage Week fanart – Mikako and Tsutomu

Marriage week fanart #2! Mikako and Tsutomu star in Ai Yazawa’s manga Gokinjo Monogatari, and she uses them again, older and married, as supporting characters in Paradise Kiss. They’re awesomely cheerful, young at heart characters <3

Will probably add this to each of these posts – On another marriage week note, I so, so recommend this marriage course to any couple interested in deepending their communication and understanding each other a bit better, it’s really fantastic.

Marriage week fanart – Worf and Dax

Starting off with something for husbandbot who is a Star Trek fan ^_^

Bit of a departure from usual style! Worf and Jadzia Dax

On another marriage week note, I so, so recommend this marriage course to any couple interested in deepending their communication and understanding each other a bit better, it’s really fantastic.

Marriage week – marriage comics!

*click for readable size!

This week is Marriage Week in the UK, so I thought I would do some sappy art, yay!

I’m not really sure how husbandbot will feel about me grabbing his butt in a comic on the internet (so if this disappears it may be by request! 😛 ), but hey! I love you husbandbot.

To go with the theme, I’ll do daily fanart sketches for the week of some fave married couples from comics, movies, etc – stay tuned!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Year of the rabbit!

I enjoyed this so much! Will work away over time at a whole art nouveau zodiac set. Dragon and snake are on the drawing board. Also, will someone please hire me to draw a comic about fluffy bunnies? They’re far too much fun to draw. Have some closeups: